Three Reasons Arts Organizations Need To Join OFTA
In the last year, the OFTA Board of Directors in partnership with more than 270 members, helped defeat three significant threats to public funding for the arts:
- HB 1895 to eliminate all funding to the Oklahoma Arts Council
- HB 1430 to abolish the Art in Public Places program
- Consolidation with another state agency and subsequent loss of nearly $800,000 in federal arts funding
Oklahomans for the Arts needs the influence and support of arts and cultural organizations statewide in order to sustain advocacy efforts during the next legislative session. We are not aware of any specific, forthcoming threats, but we can be ready for whatever we have to face with your help.
Times are lean and arts advocates must be vigilante in advocating for the public funding they help generate through sales tax revenue. The cultural tourism industry would be nothing with you, and still, it can be a difficult argument to make despite all your good work.
If you represent an organization that receives public funding for the arts and it has not joined OFTA yet, please consider talking with your board or executive director during our current membership campaign. We can’t emphasize enough how critical your participate is to preserving public funding for the arts in Oklahoma.